Hawaii Island Highlights from Kona – Coffee, Culture & Craters Tour
Monday and Thursday
6:30am to 6:30pm
Traverse the largest Hawaiian Island to witnesse the source of creation at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit Pu’uhonua O Honaunau known as the place of refuge, explore a Kona coffee farm, Hilo town and Rainbow Falls. Sample famous sweet bread and pick up a “to go” lunch at famous Punalu’u Bake Shop to be enjoyed along the way. Peer into the depths of Halemaumau Crater which remarkably changed after the recent June 2023 eruption and watch steam clouds form as ground water seeps onto hot volcanic rock at the famous Steam Vents.
Kona and Waikoloa Pick up at your hotel.
Kona Joe Coffee
Take in the aroma of freshly roasted beans and savor the rich, smooth taste that has made Kona coffee famous worldwide. Learn about the art of coffee cultivation during a 25-minute tour and witness firsthand the meticulous process that goes into every cup.
Place of Refuge (Pu’uhonua O Honaunau)
Step back in time at historic Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, also known as the “Place of Refuge.” Walk upon the sacred grounds where ancient Hawaiians sought sanctuary and discover the rich cultural heritage echoing through the ancient walls.
Punalu’u Bake Shop
Offers delightful and delectable Hawaiian pastries, freshly baked with a touch of aloha and delicious lunch options. From mouthwatering malasadas to Hawaiian sweet bread, each bite is a delightful symphony of flavors that will transport you straight to paradise. Lunch is included and there are options available for all dietary needs.
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
Jet-black sand meets the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. Leisurely stroll along the shore, soak up the sun, and keep an eye out for the graceful sea turtles that often visit this pristine haven. An excellent picnic spot for a brief respite midway through the tour.
Volcanoes National Park
Encounter the powerful forces of nature at Volcanoes National Park. Marvel at the majestic Kilauea volcano, its billowing plumes of steam rising from the Earth’s core. See volcanic landscapes formed by geological wonders that shaped Hawaii over millions of years.
Pass through the formerly tsunami-stricken, but now vibrant city of Hilo. Relax on the ride down Banyan Drive and explore Liliuokalani Park and Gardens known for its Japanese Garden honoring early immigrants to Hawaii.
Rainbows magically form in the mist among the rainforest canopy – the broad waterfall empties into a beautiful pool below.
- Kona Joe Coffee (tour, cup of coffee and gift)
- Pu’uhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge)
- Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Halemaumau Crater
- Steam Vents
- Hilo Town
- Rainbow Falls